Of course, longer term, if Bradford do get let off some or all of this punishment then another club gets relegated at the end of the season with a small gap between them and Bradford, the possibilities of legal action by that club against their relegation are immense.
It should take something really exceptional (as distinct from "it's just not fair") to reverse this punishment otherwise more trouble will be forthcoming for the RFL.
If points are returned to us then the independent legal panel will have judged the the deduction of points, or number of points deducted, was unfair in the first place. Not the other way round.
If there were to be a legal challenge by say Wakefield following their relegation as a result then I'd have thought they would need to successfully prove that either our appeal through the RFL was not due process, or the outcome (assuming points deduction reduction) was an incorrect judgement based on the facts provided and within the terms of reference.
People should understand that this appeal is being heard by an independent legal panel, not big Nige and his mates down the pub. Also, it's not some made up challenge from us that the RFL are reacting to. An appeal is part of SL process and procedure.
And before someone asks, Marc Green is fiunding out of his own pocket.
Integrity is shown when no-one is looking.